Everything Must Go!

By Diogenes (articles ) | May 10, 2005

The Diocese of St. Georges [Newfoundland] has announced it will sell all of its churches to raise $13 million to compensate the sexual victims of one Fr. Kevin Bennett.

"Everything," Bishop Douglas Crosby said Monday from the diocesan headquarters in Corner Brook, Nfld. "All of the churches, all of the parish houses, all the missions."

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  • Posted by: - May. 12, 2005 11:28 PM ET USA

    Long ago I said "No Sunday offering when bishop/pastor is liberal instead of orthodox. Some answered "With our offerings, at least we still have a church" Oh yeah! Catholics don't give blindly. Learn the Liturgy. If everything is sold, pay only missionaries who bring proper Liturgy. See plan for new church before giving money: tabernacle in center, communion-rail, conventional confessionals, room in front of altar for if a priest stands with back to people. Help the Church, not just any pastor

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2005 8:22 PM ET USA

    It is a cruel irony that it is Bishop Crosby who lowers the boom on the Diocese of St. George’s. Here is a bit of his history: When parliament was discussing Bill C-33 an amendment to the Human Rights Act adding a sexual orientation clause the then Fr. Crosby, now Bishop Crosby of St. George’s, was an intervenor at a committee hearing. Excerpt from an article entitled: "The Treason of the Clerics" - “Gay apostasy subverts and paralyzes the Canadian Catholic Church”, Alberta Report, July ...

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2005 7:49 PM ET USA

    It seems unjust that all that property would go to pay damages to one set of plaintiffs and leave little for the rest. I wonder whether the sacred goods will be sold along with the buildings.

  • Posted by: fisherman129 - May. 11, 2005 4:29 PM ET USA

    Not all priests and bishops lead the sheep down the road to perdition... Regrettably a very few do - but please don't paint the whole canvas with one colored brush... it's not fair.

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2005 10:41 AM ET USA

    Why should the Catholic Churches have to pay for the sins of those that abuse its teachings? Can you think of any other church denomination that is held liable for members that defy its doctrines?

  • Posted by: - May. 11, 2005 7:39 AM ET USA

    Does anyone know how a donation can be made to the Dioceses?

  • Posted by: Sterling - May. 10, 2005 11:28 PM ET USA

    I'm reading in the link where the hope is that parishioners will buy back some of the "sale items" (like their own churches). Funny, isn't it? When Church officials want to close a parish or "renovate" it into sheer ugliness, parishioners are told to shut up and go along. Now that everything has been totally gummed up - and not be the parishioners, either - they're supposed to pony up and buy the buildings! (Will some priest then turn them into theaters-in-the-round?)

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 9:04 PM ET USA

    That diocese is bankrupt more than just financially. Its time for the Bishop and clergy to go. That will leave room for missionaries from Nigeria to come in and evangelize the natives. And if the parishoners are smart they will withold all of their funds until the real missionaries arrive. Notice that the $13m only takes care of 39 existing cases. If they buy back these parishes, there will still be something for the next 30 cases to pick over.

  • Posted by: murph - May. 10, 2005 7:36 PM ET USA

    How does closing and selling missions help the victims? By what legal mechanism does the blood, sweat, tears, and donations of generations of faithful become property of the Bishop to dispose of to pay for some clergy's crimes? Isn't this like using a nuclear bomb to get rid of a mosquito infestation? The victim's lawyers are harming everyone in sight to punish a few. If the settlement doesn't come out of the priest's pocket, and someone else pays, is he punished? This is a crime within a crime.

  • Posted by: scunoology - May. 10, 2005 6:43 PM ET USA

    This was the front page story in the Toronto Star today. At one end of the country (Canada) there is a fire (island) sale of Church property that generations of pious, impoverished Newfoundlanders sweated and sacrificed to provide. There are actually six priests charged with molestation of, primarily, young men. At the other end of the country (Calgary) Bishop Henry is under investigation by the Alberta Human Rights Commission for a pastoral letter condemning gay marriage/homosexual activity!

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 6:37 PM ET USA

    First: Maria is spot on with her insights Second: There is no way that the Vatican or other hierarchy in Canada can allow this to happen. The diocese should bring suit against Kevin Bennett.

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 5:26 PM ET USA

    Now if all the churches are sold, does that mean that the Catholic Church is effectlively closing down in that Dioceses? Think about it. That is one sure way to take care of the shortage of priests!!!

  • Posted by: Fatimabeliever - May. 10, 2005 4:00 PM ET USA

    The Diocese of St. Georges should request a mandate to all its churches to say the Rosary everyday and spend time before the Eucharist pleading with God to help them save their churches. Our Lady of Fatima promised she would help, why not ask her help??

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 12:24 PM ET USA

    Again the laity, those who are supposed to be so important to the Church in this "new springtime" are the ones to get the short end of the stick. Yes, we seem be very important, don't we?

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 11:29 AM ET USA

    Wasn't that the point of all involved? Somewhere in the back of my mind I hear "Priests and Bishops leading sheep down the road of perdition" and "persecution of the Catholic Church"

  • Posted by: - May. 10, 2005 11:00 AM ET USA

    This is outrageous. What a terrible tragedy. And thus Christianity is proved again even to Christians: sin leads to death.